Musée Fragonard

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  • Natural history
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East of the centre

In 18th-century French medical schools, study aids were produced in one of two ways. They were either sculpted in coloured wax or made from the real things - organs, limbs, tangled vascular systems - dried or preserved in formaldehyde. Veterinary surgeon Honoré Fragonard was a master of the second method, and many of his most striking works are now on display here.

'Homme à la mandibule' is a flayed, grimacing man holding a jawbone in his right hand - an allusion to the story of Samson slaying the Philistines. 'Tête humaine injectée' is a rather more sober human head whose blood vessels were injected with coloured wax, red for arteries and blue for veins. And, most grandiose of all, 'Cavalier de l'apocalypse' is a flayed man on the back of a flayed galloping horse, inspired by a painting by Dürer.

Venue name: Musée Fragonard
Address: 7 avenue du Général de Gaulle
Maisons-Alfort
94704
Opening hours: Open 2-6pm Wed, Thur; 1-6pm Sat, Sun. Closed Aug
Transport: Métro : Ecole vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort
Price: Admission €7; €5 reductions; free under-18s
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